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Keeping the Faith

Keeping the Faith (2000)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 115
Fresh: 79 | Rotten: 36

A dramedy featuring an unusual love triangle, Keeping the Faith is a perceptive look at how religion affects us in everyday life.


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 12

A dramedy featuring an unusual love triangle, Keeping the Faith is a perceptive look at how religion affects us in everyday life.



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Actor Edward Norton debuts as a director with this comedy-drama about love, friendship, and faith. Priest Brian Finn (Norton) and rabbi Jacob Schram (Ben Stiller) have known each other since childhood. When Anna Reilly (Jenna Elfman), whom they both knew as children, returns to New York, both men find themselves infatuated with her, sparking both rivalry and personal dilemmas: Brian has taken a vow of celibacy, and Jacob is allowed to marry only within his faith. Award-winning director Milos


Comedy, Romance

Stuart Blumberg

Oct 17, 2000

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All Critics (120) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (79) | Rotten (36) | DVD (11)

A romantic triangle dating movie as confected, and nearly as wholesome, as a '50s Universal bedroom farce, but lacking the confidence and zest.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The ending gets a little too cute, and isn't true to Anna's independent nature. Oh well, to forgive is divine.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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An astute directorial debut for actor Edward Norton.

August 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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It's as soft and squishy as anything by Nora Ephron or pre-caustic Woody Allen.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Keeping the Faith refreshes the old-fashioned screwball comedy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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An amusing distraction with clever writing and performances.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:
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Classic romantic triangle for teens and up.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Norton quickly finds the right note of relaxed sweetness, gentle humor, and swooningly earnest romance.

January 4, 2010 Full Review Source:

Flawed but entertaining...

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

So, a rabbi and a priest fall in love...

October 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

A slight and uneven but very charming romantic comedy.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Well-meaning and decently put together, and it has occasional moments of charm...[but] more than a trifle stale.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

I sure wasn't expecting much.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Epic dramas can be two hours or more. For light comedy, brevity is better. What could have been a great comedy is just a good one.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The script administers a relentless string of laughs, most of them genuinely funny.

May 14, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

It's a unique blend of charisma, wisdom, and emotion, rendered in a most appealing package.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

There is genuine chemistry among this trio that is fun to watch, and the script will keep you giggling.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

The movie's biggest surprise is the fine balance it strikes in navigating the tricky passage between offensive and funny.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

A charmingly sloppy affair [full of] banter and the free-wheeling spirit of old Hollywood romances... a sun-drenched cinematic field trip.

September 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

Smart, funny and touching, and there is enjoyable chemistry between the three leads.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Unevenly paced, wildly unfunny and patently boring, Keeping the Faith is a waste of talent and time.

August 29, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A contrived script and lackluster performances are the worst sins of this uninspired comedy.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A worst-case scenario of what happens when an actor turns director. Norton loves his fellow actors so much he cannot bear to reduce their scenes. So stuff that shouldn't make the cut of even the special edition DVD stays in the film.

June 15, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for Keeping the Faith

Ed Norton directs (say what!!!) this comedy built around, of all things, the opening of a joke ("Priest and a rabbi walk into a bar ..."). This effort is spiked with loads of cultural references and pithy one-liners, has enough charisma to win a war, so it is in its unbelievable premise finally that it falters.
July 23, 2011

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"If you have to believe in something, you might as well believe in love."

A story about two friends, a priest and a rabbi, who fall in love with the same beauty (Jenna Elfman)

Norton and Stiller are clergy (a priest and a rabbi, sounds like the start of a joke), Elfman is their friend who is secretly dating Stiller and who is secretly loved by Norton. What I think is most exceptional about this movie is the way it portrays these clergy as cool guys - I mean, there's really cool clergy just like there's really cool fireman and loggers and truck drivers. And it does so in a way that doesn't entirely compromise their faith, although some of the stuff Norton says or does is not quite right (and for the moment I'm not talking about his attraction to Elfman). I am also a huge Elfman fan, I think she's beautiful as well as extremely effective in her roles. Seeing this film made me wonder if Ben would be better served by serious roles more often, he's very effective and avoids the silliness and gross humor that can sometimes sabotage his comic performances. Nice supporting work by Bancroft and the always appreciated Wallach. Recommended for light entertainment.
June 19, 2010
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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I swear I have reviewed this before, Flixter must be deleting my old ones. This movie is a little too long but I enjoy it thoroughly, good messages.
January 15, 2010
Lenny Muggsy

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A nice, sweet and gentle little love film with religion as the occurring theme. As an atheist, I should of hated it!
September 24, 2009

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